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Letter to FCC on Charter’s digital inclusion deal for CA

Responding to news that “New Charter” has agreed to invest $32.5 million in digital inclusion programs in California, the Coalition for Broadband Equity sent a letter last Friday to Federal Communications Chairman Thomas Wheeler asking that the Commission insist on similar investments throughout the service territory affected by the proposed Charter/Time Warner merger, as a condition of allowing the deal to go through.

The Coalition’s letter says, in part:

Of course we’re delighted that digital inclusion advocates in the state in question, empowered by a local regulatory process, have been able to persuade the Applicants to commit to a reasonable investment in community outreach and training to ensure the success of their proposed low-income Internet plan.

But we cannot imagine any rationale by which the Commission could allow the Applicants to limit such a commitment and such an investment to low-income households and communities in a single state,while ignoring equal or greater need in our communities – as documented in our comments – and others throughout the proposed New Charter service territory.

We are therefore writing to urge the Commission, once again, to condition approval of the Transactions on a major investment by New Charter in direct outreach and training partnerships with community-based digital literacy programs in underserved communities throughout its proposed territory — at a level proportional to the amount that Charter seems to have agreed is reasonable for California.

View or download the Coalition’s letter to Chairman Wheeler.

Charter to invest millions for digital inclusion in CA: A national model?

(The following post was published today at the National Digital Inclusion Alliance blog.)

As the FCC nears a decision on the proposed merger between Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, digital inclusion advocates in California have negotiated a $32.5 million deal with “New Charter” that could support broadband adoption by hundreds of thousands of low income families in the state.

Now the big question is: Will the FCC make the California agreement a model for communities affected by the merger throughout the U.S.? Read more